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Turbines generate objections  

Plans for a wind farm with turbines taller than Big Ben sparked a mixed reaction from people living near the site.

Pictures of the proposed energy development at Hill of Fiddes in Udny were shown to the public at a meeting in Cultercullen Primary School.

But Broadview Energy’s proposals for four large turbines received a mixed response.

Graham Bonner, 56, who lives 1,000 metres from the development, said: “My biggest concern is about the noise generated.”

He said he approved of green energy, but added that these turbines would be too close to homes.

These views were echoed by Soenaid Coutts, a local sales manager, 32, who said: “There really have to be some more suitable locations.”

Some residents are prepared to campaign against the more than a hundred lorries which would pass down the single track , unclassified road to the site during building.

Broadview Energy has said that there would be five HGV loads a day during six months of construction, and more than 30 further abnormally-large loads.

But other residents were more positive.

Community council chairman, Tony Churcher, 58, said: “Overall I’m in favour, but I wouldn’t be happy if it were to be larger in scale.

“It appears that the developers have put a lot of thought into the issue of transport.”

Broadview has been carrying out surveys for more than a year.

Director Jeffrey Corrigan said: “We believe this is a good location for a wind farm as the area has excellent wind speed, good access and good connections to the National Grid.”

The project will generate enough power for approximately 3,300 homes every year.

A planning application is expected to be made in the next three weeks.

The Press and Journal

29 June 2007

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